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Erickson keeps winning-streak alive at the LoanMart Madera Speedway

By Ronald Montez/The Madera Tribune Story

Madera, CA - At this time last year, Matt Erickson's No. 42 Late Model car was no where to be seen at the LoanMart Madera Speedway.

Erickson, who was the 2014 Open Late Model Series champion, was suspended by Speedway officials for the first four races of the 2015 season.

That time away from "The Fastest 1/3 Mile in the West" hurt Erickson's chances to defend his title when he returned for the fifth race of that year.

Fast forward to Saturday night (April 30), Erickson showed why he's the early driver to beat for the 2016 crown by earning another win in Race No. 2 of the MAVTV televised $1,000 to win LoanMart Open Late Model Series 100-lap (split 50's) main.

In four total Late Model races this season, Erickson's pulled off first-place finishes including two 100-lap wins in the Open Late Model Series and two more in the 40-lap Madera Late Model races.

"Winning never gets old but the winning streaks never go forever," Erickson said after the race. "Somebody is bound to catch us, or something stupid is going to happen. You have to try to stay a step ahead and be on top of your A-game every weekend."

While there is certainly no substitute for natural driving instincts and tons of preparation for the race, Erickson also know there's an X factor when it comes to success on the track.

"You just have to have luck on your side half the time," he said. "In this race, we started in seventh (out of 26) and 10th in the first race, so being that far back in the field anything can happen. It's better to have good luck then bad. I've experience both ends of it. Hopefully the good luck continues, that's the plan."

Erickson wasn't alone in experiencing good fortune on the night as drivers Austin Edwards (Jr. Late Models), Robbie Czub (Legends of the Pacific), Joseph Riechmuth (Hobby Stocks), Kevin Thompson (MST), Tim Curtis (Toyota Sedans) and Adam (The Bullet) Lemke all crossed the finish in one piece to claim main victories in front of a good size number of fans rooting from the grandstands.

HEADLINES OF THE NIGHT

ERICKSON AND EDWARDS CRAWL BACK INTO RACES FOR VICTORY

To begin the main, Erickson started behind top qualifier Ryan Philpott (15.180), Ryan Hart, Bryan Herzog, Joey Licata, Rick Thompson and David Ross.

While Erickson was gradually moving up spots, the yellow caution flag was waved on Lap 6 after a big cluster of cars that were trying to avoid a spinning car filled the back straightaway that claimed Brandon Weaver and Herzog's night Click here for more.

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